In what New York City council minority leader Joseph Borelli warned will open up the floodgates for New Yorkers to "sue anyone and everything," a new anti-discrimination bill outlaws "height or weight" discrimination in "employment, housing and public accommodation," which is broadly defined by design.
Set to be signed into law by Mayor Eric Adams in the coming days, the legislation represents yet another plank in the left's cavalcade of special interest insanity, where everything that offends people who are unhealthy, mentally ill, or deranged becomes criminalized because their feelings got hurt.
(Related: Will Mayor Adams' new anti-climate change food policing scheme be considered anti-fat because it pushes New Yorkers to consume only "plant-based" food items?)
Councilman Shaun Abreu, one of the bill's primary sponsors, says that obesity discrimination is a "silent burden" that he has personally been suffering. Abreu says that after gaining more than 40 pounds during the covid lockdowns, he is now treated differently while in public.
"They're being discriminated against with no recourse and society saying that's perfectly fine," Abreu complained, of course referring to himself as "they."
Victoria Abraham, a "Fat Fab Feminist" who testified before the city council in support of Abreu's bill, agrees that it should be a crime for fat people to ever have to feel uncomfortable because of their being overweight.
"In most places in the United States, you can get fired for being fat and have no protection at all, which is crazy because this is a very fat country," Abraham said to ABC 7 NY about why she supports the bill.
Borelli, meanwhile, who was among the five city council members who voted against the bill, spoke out in a statement to The New York Times.
"I'm overweight but I'm not a victim," the Republican stated. "No one should feel bad for me except my struggling shirt buttons."
Back in 1976, the state of Michigan passed a weight-based workplace discrimination bill of a similar nature, as did other left-wing cities including San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
Other similar state-level bills have also been introduced in New York (covering the entire state), Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Jersey.
Tegan Lecheler, the advocacy director at the National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance, said that she hopes the new legislation in New York City, which she helped create, will "encourage a larger conversation of framing this beyond health."
"It's not a health issue," she added in a statement. "It's a civil rights issue. This is really about if people are safe and protected and have the right to be in spaces."
Currently in New York state, a human rights law already on the books prohibits discrimination in housing, the workplace, and public accommodation on the basis of 27 characteristics that include age, marital status, disability, and natural origin – but not for being too fat, which is a relatively modern phenomenon in our country's history.
"Pay for airline seats by weight then," wrote one commenter about how fat people should have to pay more when they take up extra space if they expect to not be "discriminated" against.
"Go to the theater and sit in a space for a wheelchair rather than taking up two seats."
Another wrote that the morbidly obese will probably not be so for very much longer anyway, seeing as how the supply chain is crashing and soon there will probably be food shortages and famine.
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